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TC Arts Council’s Artists Workshops #1

“Pricing Your Work” with Tara Swiger

Thursday, May 28

3pm – 5pm

The Transylvania Community Arts Council has partnered with HandMade in America to offer workshops for local artists. On Thursday, May 28 from 3 pm – 5 pm they will offer a workshop on “Pricing Your Work”. Cost for this workshop is $20 and only $10 for TC Arts Council members.


About the workshop: Pricing your artwork is not a formula, even though many people want one.  It can be a complicated set of calculations, but anyone can easily learn the various aspects that need to be taken into account when pricing your work.  Come hear about all of those aspects of pricing your work.


The Instructor for the workshop is Tara Swiger. She is a maker, teacher, and the author of Market Yourself, a workbook for artists who want to share their work. She leads creatives (artists, authors and designers) in finding their people, their systems, and their dream businesses. She began her own entrepreneurial journey as a yarn-maker, quit her day job, and got obsessed with helping others create their own ideal crafty business. Find more (and get free weekly lessons) at TaraSwiger.com


To reserve your spot for this workshop call 828.884.2787. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. www.tcarts.org

Sponsored by: City of Brevard, TC Arts Council & HandMade in America


TC Arts Council’s Artists Workshops #2

“The Artist Portfolio, Digital and Print”

with Linda LaBelle

 Friday, June 5th from 10am-noon


The Transylvania Community Arts Council has partnered with HandMade in America to offer workshops for local artists. On Friday, June 5 from 10 am – noon they will offer a workshop at the TC Arts Council on “The Artist Portfolio, Digital and Print.” Cost for this workshop is $20 and only $10 for TC Arts Council members. This workshop is sponsored by City of Brevard, TC Arts Council and HandMade in America.


About the Workshop: Come find out what should be in every artist’s portfolio, what your portfolio is judged on, and how to approach galleries. You will also learn how to think outside the box about exhibitions, and some insider tips of how to get your work seen.  Learn about how to approach galleries, create a portfolio, and what is the difference between an artist’s bio and statement. We will explore the use of a website and Pinterest as your digital portfolio.


The Instructor for the workshop is Linda LaBelle. She is the Entrepreneurship Program Manager at HandMade in America, a business owner, craft artist and published author. Through her organization Stories of Hope (www.madderlane.com) Linda travels the world teaching a craft-based education to those in need to help lift them out of poverty.


To reserve your spot for this workshop call 828.884.2787. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC.



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Call for Artists for 2015 Open Exhibitions @ TC Arts

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This is an open call for artists to participate in the February and March 2015 exhibits at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard.


February 6-27

WOOD – WIND – WATER an open show  – any medium accepted  . . .if you fit the theme



March 6 – 27

Of the Earth: An Organic Exhibition

fiber, clay, wood, rocks, glass, metal . . . . an open show


To get an application call 828.884.2787 or email tcarts@comporium.net


1st Exhibit of 2015


 An Art Exhibit by Transylvania Vocational Services             January  7 – 16

Reception at TC Arts Council Friday, January 9th at 12 noon



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 Faces Of Freedom Final Poster

A Community of Artists invites you to experience  FREEDOM

“The theme, Faces Of Freedom, is the catalyst to inspire a creative and experiential journey of freedom.  Explore how freedom is viewed, interpreted and felt from an artistic point of view.  We hope that through the journey, you leave with a more expansive feeling of what freedom could be for us all.”- Nicola Karesh

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Artwork on Display from 1/17/15 – 2/2/15 at TC Arts Council


Performance Days:

 January 17th, 2015

Youth and Adult Performances with Opening Reception from 3pm to 5pm


January 23rd, 2015
Performances with International Mixer
Celebration of our Heritage from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


Essay, Poetry, Interpretive, Dance, Painting, Drawing, Photography, Sculpture


Growing list of Artists and Sponsors Allison Taylor, Amy Bolger, Becky Young, Billy Smith, Brenda Miranda, Carl Mooney, Diana Martinez, Erin Jones, Julie Holt, Kathy Santeiro, Kevin Smith, Leigh Gray, Marshall Karesh, Nicola Karesh, Sheila Mooney, Shellie Lewis-Dambax, Sherry Edington, Wilma Lewis, Rosenwald Alumni, TC Arts Council, T.C.I.O, youth of Transylvania County Schools, Brevard Ballet School’s Hip Hop Class, Mountain Sun Community School, Rise & Shine Freedom School

Featured interview and quotes by Baritone Sidney Outlaw


Nicola Karesh ~ nicola@citcom.net ~ (828) 421-8615 (cell)

Transylvania Community Arts Council ~ 349 S Caldwell St, Brevard, NC 28712 ~ (828) 884-2787



Explore Eleven Art Studios and Meet 23 Artists

Holiday Tour of Artists’ Studios

Saturday, December 13

Sponsored by: Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, City of Brevard, NC Arts Council, Encompass Advisors & TC Arts Council

The Transylvania Community Arts Council will host its Holiday Tour of Artists’ Studios Saturday, December 13 from 10 am – 5 pm. There are eleven art studios located throughout Brevard and Transylvania County. Tour participants will have the chance to meet 23 artists. Tickets are on sale now at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard and at Number 7 Arts Gallery at 12 East Main Street in downtown Brevard across from the courthouse. Tickets are $20. Proceeds will benefit the TC Arts Council youth programs including Arts In Schools, scholarships to Summer Art Camp and Pottery Camp and Kids Art Days.


Artists’ participating in the TC Arts Council’s Holiday Tour of Artists’ Studios include:


Ann DerGara: DerGara is the owner of the Red Wolf Gallery located in downtown Brevard. She also started the Brevard Sculpture Project which now has 19+ animal sculptures located in the downtown area. Her guest artist in her home studio during the tour will be her son Eric DerGara with his paintings. He is a modern-day Impressionist, who paints landscape scenes from memory, using color to capture your attention and evoke your feeling for the mountains. Ann DerGara will be demonstrating printmaking during the tour at 11 am, 1 pm and again at 3 pm.


Christine Kosiba, a well-known Brevard clay artist will have home studio on the tour. Kosiba has four sculptures in the Brevard Sculpture walk.  She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild as well as the Peidmont Craftsmen Guild. her guests artists for the studio tour will be wood furniture artist Hayley Davison from Asheville, NC and ceramic sculptor Jenny Mastin from Morganton, NC.


Circle Factory located on French Broad Street in an old church is home to well-known woodworker George Peterson and visual artist Shellie Lewis-Dambax. Peterson is known for his wooden bowls (some of which can be seen in the oval office at the White House), his wooden sculptures and his skateboard art. More of his work can be seen at the Red Wolf Gallery. Shellie Lewis-Dambax’s paintings are represented at Red Wolf Gallery as well as across the southeast. She said, “the process of my paintings begin with writing, sketching randomly and rhythmically, applying various marks and splotches of paint, then I apply and remove paint to reveal images, developing them to my liking.”  Circle Factory will have Scott Sullivan as their guest artist. Sullivan is a painter and illustrator. Sullivan will be giving all of his sales from the studio tour to support the East Fork Farm Project.

Shana Greger is a painter and illustrator of children’s books. Her unique painting style is a result of deliberate process influenced by her parallel career in illustration. During the studio tour she will have her Waterfall paintings on display as well as her Tara Paintings. Greger’s work can be found at the Red Wolf Gallery in Brevard, New Morning Gallery in Asheville and a gallery in Danbury, CT. Her guest artist is jeweler Micki Hughes Newby. She works in metalsmithing and bead working. Newby travels the WNC waterways in search of things that folks have thrown away and that over the years the river has transformed into new treasures.

Carol MacAllister will have her home studio on the tour. She will be showcasing her new abstract works. She said, “In March 2014, after 14 years of the intense detail work of my style of folk art, I made a 180 degree shift to intuitive free-flowing abstract painting.  It’s messy, unpredictable and soul satisfying and expresses my passionate soul, my free and independent nature, and my love for the road less traveled.”

EldaBrownStudio: fusion fiber and glass artist Elda Brown will host guests in her new home studio located on Maple Street. Known for the glass beads she crafts by hand into unique jewelry pieces, Brevard artist Elda Brown has now expanded her artistic endeavors into fiber. She is using the Nuno fusion felting process to make exquisite silk neck and table scarves. Brown is a member at Number 7 Arts Gallery. Her guest artist for the day will be local basket maker Joe Bruneau. Joe has been weaving baskets for 30 years. He has taught workshops on basket making at NC Arboretum, Brevard College, Kanuga Conference Center, Columbia College, TC Arts Council and at the Blue Ridge Community College. Bruneau serves as the manager of Number 7 Arts Gallery in downtown Brevard.

Kenson Thompson Gallery: Thompson’s abstract expressionism paintings are breathtaking. Be sure to stop on West Main Street in downtown Brevard and go upstairs above the White Squirrel Shoppe to see this art studio. Thompson says, “painting takes me out of my mind where events no longer create my reality, awareness is the creator.”

Aaron Alderman is a native of Brevard, and well-known sculptor who studied at Brevard College. Upon graduation he continued his studies by working with local sculptor Tim Murray and coppersmith J. T. Copper. Alderman has been awarded several public art commissions and has displayed work throughout the Southeast in select galleries and juried public sculpture exhibitions. Through a highly physical process Alderman creates sculptures through the use of pure line to capture a tender emotional expression of the human form. He is driven to create art that is ego-less, idea driven, form driven, emotive and connective.


Kuehn Studio: Brian Kuehn is an award winning graphic designer and artist of many

different medias. He has worked extensively with pastels, pencils, watercolors, collage and digital art. Brian has studios in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina and near the beach in Delray Beach, Florida. For this tour his Pisgah Forest studio will be featured. His guest artist will be his wife, Diane Kuehn with her polymer and textile art. She creates wearable art accessories by using various techniques including wet felting, nuno felting, embellishing fabrics, kumihimo, beading, and polymer clay methods.

Charles Calvin Design: This five car garage metal fabricating studio is located in Cedar Mountain. Charles Guffy works with his dad to create one of kind sculptures. Guffy comes from a NASCAR background. He said, “My background in metal fabrication began in 1999 when I began learning about metal work which led into building NASCAR bodies for Andy Petree Racing. From there I moved to Statesville NC and built bodies for Ray Evernham Racing for 5 years. After that I hand built vintage Porsche bodies for 2 years. When that ran its course, I moved back to the mountains and began to pursue my art career. My dad is also a big part of what I do. He works with me everyday and has a good eye for detail and shapes.”

The Haen Gallery located on King Street will feature four of its artist during the studio tour. Artists that will be on hand to talk to tour participants and demonstrate their style of artwork include: sculptor Mark Connelly, Larry Gray with oil on canvas, Ben Nixon with his photography and sketches and pre paintings with Mark Carter. All are well-known artist in their fields. To learn more about each artist go to http://thehaengallery.com/artists/.

The TC Arts Council’s Holiday Tour of Artists’ Studios will be Saturday, December 13 from 10 am – 5 pm. Tickets are $20. Sponsors for this event include: Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, City of Brevard, NC Arts Council, and Encompass Advisors.

Tickets are also on sale for the TC Arts Council’s Holiday Kick-Off Party, which will be held on Thursday, December 11. This event will take place in at the home of Lynne and David Joyce at Brevard College. Tickets to the Kick-Off Party are $50 each. Ticket price includes wine, punch, heavy hors d’oeuvres and festive desserts. Food is by Wild Indigo Catering and the sponsor for the evening is Encompass Advisors. There will also be a raffle for artwork by Christine Kosiba, Elda Brown and Joe Bruneau. Tickets for the raffle are $5.00 each or six raffle tickets for $25. You do not have to be present to win.

For more information on the Holiday Studio Tour or the Kick-Off Party call the TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787 today or stop by the TC Arts Council at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. Tickets for both events are also on sale at the Number 7 Arts Gallery located at 12 East Main Street in downtown Brevard. To learn more about the TC Arts Council go to www.tcarts.org and to learn more about the ARTS in Brevard and Transylvania County go to www.artsofbrevard.org.

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Major Sponsor for the 2014

Holiday Kick-Off Party

Thursday, December 11 from 5 – 7 pm

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The Kick-off Party will be held at the home of

David and Lynne Joyce on the Brevard College Campus

Tickets are $50 and go on sale at TC Arts on November 21

Food catered by Wild Indigo Catering

Raffle to win art items by Christine Kosiba, Elda Brown and Joe  Bruneau


New Exhibit


A collaborative art exhibit by three Brevard artists:

Christine Kosiba, Shannon Whitworth and Eatherley Schultz

Sponsored by: Mimi & Hugh Haston

November 21 – December 19

2nd Reception: Friday, November 28 for Gallery Walk

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The Transylvania Community Arts Council is proud to present this collaborative art exhibit entitled SACRED SPACES by three Brevard artists: Christine Kosiba, Shannon Whitworth and Eatherley Schultz. The TC Arts Council will host an opening reception for the public to meet the artists on Friday, November 21 from 5-8 pm.

Christine Kosiba is a clay artist who is known for her sculptures in downtown Brevard including the ravens, turkey, fox and chipmunks. Kosiba is represented by Red Wolf Gallery in Brevard and is also in galleries in GA and VA. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and she just won 1st place in the Fine Craft category for “Bring Us Your Best,” a juried show in Hendersonville. Shannon Whitworth is a well-known musician who tours the country and then comes home to paint at her Brevard, NC farm, painting in her barn-cum-studio and letting songs come naturally to her. Eatherley Schultz owns Floressence Flowers which is an event based floral design business specializing in weddings, rehearsal dinners, baby showers, parties, and corporate events with florals and decor. Schultz will add floral installations to this exhibit. Sacred Spaces is being sponsored by Mimi & Hugh Haston.

The Sacred Spaces exhibit will be on display from November 21 – December 19. The gallery is open from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. For more information about TC Arts call 828-884-2787 or go to www.tcarts.org. To learn more about the arts in Brevard and Transylvania County go to www.artsofbrevard.org.



Major Sponsors for the 2014

Holiday Tour of Artists Studios

Saturday, December 13

10 am – 5 pm

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An Evening of Art   

Sunday, October 12 @ JAIME’S from 5 – 8 pm

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The Transylvania Community Arts Council will host a fall fundraiser on Sunday, October 12 entitled  “Chair-ity” Transformed: An Evening of Art. The event will be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the new restaurant, JAIME’S Creole Brasserie, located inside the Old Grover’s Building at 44 East Main Street. Tickets are only $55 and are on sale now at Number 7 Arts on Main St. and at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard (TC Arts Council).

Tickets bearers receive heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Jaime Hernandez, two glasses of wine from Broad Street Wines or craft beer from Brevard Brewing. There will be live artist demonstrations, and silent and live auctions. The silent auction includes artwork, chairs and more. Keith Dragt, co-owner of Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques is our (trained) guest auctioneer and will sell off a juried selection of chairs and furniture.

Jaime’s menu for this special evening includes; delectable duck & andouille sausage gumbo, jambalaya with cajun rice, New Orleans barbecue shrimp & grits, a carving station, jumbo lump crabmeat ravigote, his famous crawfish cheesecake, and a cheese & charcuterie display. For dessert, there will be scrumptious white chocolate bread pudding with white chocolate sauce & raspberries, baked brie en croute with bourbon caramel & fresh berries and petit four bites.

Start shopping the chairs that have been transformed by local artists now while they are displayed throughout downtown Brevard and the surrounding area. Merchants that donated window space so far are: United Community Bank, Blue Ridge Bakery, The Grateful Dog, Brevard Painting and Decorating Center, Local Color, Broad Street Wines, Rocky’s Grill & Soda Shop, D.D. Bullwinkel’s, be-Boutique, Moose Tracks, Ginger M Salon, Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques, Roost, Fox Hollow, Mountain Quilts, Spice it to a Tea, Proper Pot, Drew Deane Gallery, Red Wolf Gallery, Number 7 Arts Gallery, Lilly T’s, Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, Cherry Tree, Pink Flamingo, Underground Salvage, Theophilus, Kiwi Gelato, Baby Ink, Main Street Ltd., and Pure Pets. They will also be online at tcarts.org, click on Chair Auction.

Generous local artists have donated their time and talent to transform these chairs into artwork; Christine Kosiba, Drew Deane, Ellen & Don Stinchcomb, Kenson Thompson, Becky Young, BJ Winchester, Katy Rosenberg, Isabelle Von Losch, Mike Tiddy, Adrienne Casteen, Donna Allstaedt, Donna Hunter, Kitty Edwards, Lori Roberts, Margo Evans, Barbara Burkhart, Sacha Barnett, Elaine Bailey, Donna Ross, Tom McGow, Kay Tiddy, Barbara Hawk, Russell Newton, Jacki Walker, Sheri Walters, Barbara Bowers, Penny Mann, Lisa Fraker, Linda Lube, Lin Cotton, Ea Dossey, Francine Menor, Donna Rickard, Elizabeth Colvin, Carol Jerome Moorman, Ammie Orr, Sue Giordano, Cynthia Zimmerman, Amber Steed, Rose Camp, Cora Niver, Becky Young, Transylvania Vocational Services and more.

Silent auction items have been donated by local artists and businesses. Donators include: Pure Pets, Healthy Harvest, Oskar Blues, be-Boutique, Suzie Knapp, Brian Kuehn, Joe Bruneau, Elda Brown, Madelene Gozansky, Carlene Jerome, Melissa Kooker, Rose Haynes, Nancy Rosenthal, Dian Magie, Tom McGow, Francine Menor, Barbara Sammons, Sharyn Fogel, Ann Zelle, Nancy Shoemaker, Paula Poad, Carol Moorman, Amber Steed, Lucy Rodes, Paul Thomas, Hugh Tucker, Russell Newton and many more.

Major Event Sponsors include:  Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques, Steve Owen & Associates, Broad Street Wines, Brevard Brewing, United Community Bank, Leadership First, Co.- Lynne C. Joyce, and Jaime’s Creole Brasserie Restaurant located at 44 East Main Street. Business Sponsors include: Sunset Motel, Highland Books, The Grateful Dog, Number 7 Arts, Theophilus, Brevard Insurance, Ginger M Salon, Roost, Fox Hollow, Ernie’s Rock Shop, and local artist Sacha Barnett.

Organizers and committee members for the event include: Lori Roberts, Molly Jenkins, Paul Thomas, Margo Evans, Suzie Knapp, Hesper Dickson, Joe Bruneau, Lynne C. Joyce, Elda Brown, Kevin Jones, Jennifer Merrell, and TC Arts staff.

The TC Arts Council is a non-profit organization that promotes all ARTS in Brevard & Transylvania County. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard.  For more information call TC Arts at 828-884-2787 or check out tcarts.org – click on Chair Auction.


Good Friend Dog Stool

“Good Friend” by Sacha Barnett

Folk City Caned Chair by Evans

“Folk Sit-y” Caned Chair by Margo Evans

Red Engine Rocker by Stinchcomb

“Rockin’ Red Engine” by Ellen & Don Stinchcomb


Hare Chair by Christine Kosiba

“Hare Chair–Chare” by Christine Kosiba




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Photos courtesy Tom McGow

And the winners for the 2014 Duck Race are:

1st Place Connor & Aaron Donnelley

2nd Place Loretta Kilpatrick

3rd Place Nancy Knight

4th Place Christian Rosenberg

5th Place Jacolyn Vidrine or Vidrine

6th Place Linda Mullins

7th Place Cindy Roach

8th Place Lauren Case

9th Place Earl Ward

Last Place Lucky Duck    Jacolyn Vidrine or Vidrine

Thank you to the sponsors: Comporium, Transylvania Times, City of Brevard, Think It Studio, Sunset Motel, St. Marie Financial, Brevard College, DD Bullwinkel’s, Rocky’s Grill, Number 7 Arts, Blue Ridge Bakery, Theophilus, Locals, and the NC Arts Council.

Winners of the sponsor race were:

1st Place Sunset Motel

2nd Place Transylvania Times

3rd Place City of Brevard

4th Place Think It Studio

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Winners Announced for the 10th Annual White Squirrel Photo Contest

WS photo contest Nuttiest Ruth Cech WS photo contest 1st place Vickie McCall Carpenter WS photo contest 2nd place Margaret Howard WS photo contest 3rd place Tom McGow

The Transylvania Community Arts Council has partnered with the White Squirrel Festival this year to sponsor the White Squirrel Photography Contest. More than 25 images were entered and the judges have cast their votes. And the Winner is . . .

First Place Photo: Vickie McCall Carpenter  – “A Smile For You”

Second Place Photo: Margaret Howard – “Snow Time”

Third Place Photo:  Tom McGow – “Manning His Post”

People’s Choice Award:  Ruth Cech – “Good Grief”

Honorable Mentions:

Jack Christfield – “Squaring Off”

Ruth Cech – “Almond Joy”

Frank Hawkins – “White Squirrel”

Steve Woodsmall – “Unega”

Joyce Ashworth – “I Love Springtime”

Nuttiest Photo: Ruth Cech – “Good Grief”

Photographs entered into the photo competition are currently on display at the TC Arts Council as part of their animal exhibit entitled Walk on the Wild Side – animals in art. The winning photos can be seen downtown during the White Squirrel Festival from May 23  – 25 in the window at Raw 44 Juice Bar located at 44 East Main Street inside the Old Grover’s building. Or stop by the TC Arts Council from Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm to see the photos and the animal exhibit now thru May 30. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. For more information call 828-884-2787.


Winners Announced for the 2014 TC Arts Youth Performing Arts Talent Competition

Grand Champion for the Finals: Claire Griffin wins Grand Champion  Friday night at the TC Arts Youth Performing Arts Talent Competition. L to R: Rick Slone - Executive Planners, NC, Claire Griffin - Grand Champion,  and Lori Roberts - Emcee for the evening.

The Transylvania Community Arts Council and Executive Planners, NC is proud to announce the winners of the TC Arts Youth Performing Arts Talent Competition that was held Friday night at Brevard Little Theatre. Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “It was a fun evening filled with 21 youth from Transylvania County singing, playing instruments, acting and dancing. I am so proud to work with this group of talented young people. Its amazing watching them learn and grow and improve each year.”Taking top honors in the 10 – 13 year old category: 1st Place: Madeline Dierauf – fiddle; 2nd Place: Greta Cullipher – singing; 3rd Place: – Brooklyn Rising – singing. The winners for the 14 – 17 year old category were: 1st Place: Claire Griffin – singing, dancing and acting; 2nd Place: Sarah & Maya Borhaug – comedy skit; 3rd Place: Madeline Lefler – singing. And the Grand Champion for the evening was Claire Griffin with her rendition of “Ring Them Belles.”

Talent finals 10 - 13 year olds L to R: Brooklyn Rising - 3rd Place, Greta Cullipher - 2nd Place and Madeline Dierauf - 1st Place

TC Arts Council and Executive Planners, NC would like to thank the following judges for working the finals: Marla Cilley, Stan Moress, Faith Quesenberry-Malloy, Jennifer Merrell, Don DeBiase, Sammy Kicklighter and Ann Sharpsteen. A special thank you goes to our judges that worked with the kids during auditions to improve their performances: Jennifer Merrell, Tammy Hopkins, Ann Sharpsteen and Don DeBiase. The Emcee for the finals was the ever funny and entertaining Lori Roberts and helping her backstage was Betsy Langston, Bob Stacy, Paula Wesley, and Matt Sharpsteen. Helping TC Arts Council to coordinate this event was Ann Sharpsteen and Rick Slone of Executive Planners, NC.

Talent Finals 14 - 17 years old  L to R: Madeline Lefler - 3rd place, Maya & Sarah Borhaug - 2nd Place  and 1st place Claire Griffin.

TC Arts Council would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting this program: Executive Planners, NC, Comporium, Wells Fargo, WSQL Radio, Transylvania Times, Betsy Barefoot & John Gardner, Brevard Little Theatre, Big Mike’s Pizza, Brevard Piano, www.IloveBrevardBlog.com and LaPetite Travel. All proceeds from this event go to support the TC Arts Council’s youth art programs from Arts in Schools, to scholarships to Summer Art Camp and Pottery Camp.


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Arts Industry Returns $671,000 in Revenue to Local and State Coffers

Brevard, NC – Transylvania County was one of 182 study groups representing all 50 states and Washington DC that participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study to determine the economic impact of the arts in our county. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. The Transylvania Community Arts Council spearheaded this study in our county.

Nationally, the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study reveals that the nonprofit arts and culture industry produced $135.2 billion in economic activity during FY2010. This spending–$61.1 billion by nonprofit arts and culture organizations plus an additional $74.1 billion by their audiences—supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs and generated $22.3 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues.

“This study shines a much needed light on the vital role that arts play in stimulating and sustaining economic development,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Contrary to popular belief, the arts are a bustling industry that supports a plethora of diverse jobs, generates significant revenues for local businesses, federal, state and local governments and provides quality of life that positions communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy.”

The State of North Carolina was one of 10 state regions in this study. It ranked 3rd behind the States of Illinois and Pennsylvania producing $1.2 billion in nonprofit arts and culture expenditures, supported 43,605 full-time equivalent jobs and generated $119 million in local and state revenues.

In Transylvania County, 14 of the participating Arts and Culture nonprofits generated $8,600,000 in annual economic activity—supporting 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $671,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study.

According to the study, these participating Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent $4,366,000 during fiscal year 2010. This spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars, in turn, generated $4,909,000 in household income for local residents and $671,000 in local and state government revenues. And all of this was in an economic down year. The economic comparisons between 2005, the last time this study was done, and 2010 showed unemployment up, consumer confidence down foreclosures up, local attendees down, recreation, entertainment, shopping, tourism, food & beverage all down in 2010.

Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “$8,600,000 in annual economic activity, that’s a big number. However this number is the economic impact of just 14 of our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations. This study only included the nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the county. It did not include any of the for-profit organizations such as the art galleries, art businesses, artists and musicians in the community. Imagine how big the ARTS economic impact number would be if they were all included.”

Paula Wesley, who spearheaded this study for the Transylvania Community Arts Council, said, “It took a lot of cooperation from the arts and culture organizations, donors and volunteers to do this study. During this study, we discovered that Transylvania County has 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, 24 art galleries and 59 arts and cultural related businesses putting on 262 art events a year. Not bad for a town with under 50,000 population! And even with only 14 of our 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations participating in this study, we ranked 8th in the country among our study group of 19 with populations under 50,000.”

And nonprofits depend heavily on their volunteers. The study showed that in Transylvania County the 14 participating arts and culture organizations reported 1680 volunteers contributed 34,820 donated hours representing a value of $743,733.

Arts Industry Boon for Local Businesses

In addition to spending by organizations, the Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture industry leverages $4,194,000 in event-related spending by its audiences. As a result of attending a cultural event, attendees often eat dinner in local restaurants, pay for parking, buy gifts and souvenirs, and pay a babysitter. What’s more, attendees from out of town often stay overnight in a local hotel. In Transylvania County, these dollars support 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $671,000 in local and state government revenues.

The study also showed that residents spent an average of $15 per event where as no-residents spent an average of $47 at the same event. 59.4% of our attendees said this event was their primary purpose for the trip to Transylvania County. In addition, 51.3% of Transylvania County residents reported that they would have traveled to a different community in order to attend a similar cultural event and 65.9% of non-residents reported the same. According to the report, this shows that “if a community does not provide a variety of artistic and cultural experiences, it will fail to attract the new dollars of cultural tourists. It will also lose the discretionary spending of its local residents who will travel elsewhere to experience the arts.”

Linda A. Carlisle, the state’s cultural resources secretary, said in a news release that the study shows “that an investment in the arts is an investment in a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue and is one of the cornerstones of tourism.” Wayne Martin, executive director of the NC Arts Council, said the study highlights the fact that arts organizations are businesses. “They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from within the community, are members of the Chamber of Commerce…and are key participants in marketing their cities and regions.”

TC Arts Council cannot thank enough the following individuals who made this study possible by their financial support and encouragement: Nick Bayne, RCG Realty; Bruce & Sandy Kirkman; Joe Bruneau, Number 7 Fine Arts & Crafts Cooperative; Joan VanOrman & Sue Hershey, Bluewood Photography; Mike Kanan, Exit Realty; Madrid Zimmerman, Heart of Brevard; John Gardner & Betsy Barefoot; Mark Burrows, Economic Development; Tourism Development Authority; Tammy Hopkins, TC Arts Council; and last, but not least John Felty, Looking Glass Entertainment.

Special recognition and appreciation is paid to John Felty for his participation in this study because at every event he organized at the Porter Center he encouraged the audience to take the survey and support the arts. His efforts allowed the TC Arts Council to reach the survey goal for the year.

Wesley also recognized her lead surveyor, Beth Sumner, Manager at Elements Spa for giving up week nights and weekends to help her survey the cultural audiences. Several other volunteers assisted with the surveys throughout the year as well. They are Julia Batliner, Dee Whinnery, Cindy Roach, Paul Thomas, Don Bieger and Dan Donofrio.

Wesley said, “Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. They have conducted hundreds of similar economic impact studies in all 50 states. Their methodology is so sound that their economic impact data is used consistently by the Congressional Arts Caucus on the floor of the US House of Representatives to support federal arts funding.”

The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted by Americans for the arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts’ local, regional, and statewide project partners contributed both time and financial support to the study. The full text of the national statistical report is available at www.Americansforthearts.org/economicimpact . Research Partners who endorse this study are: the United States Conference of Mayors, Business Civic Leadership Center, National Association of Counties, Grantmakers in the Arts, Destination Marketing Association International, CECP (an international forum of business CEO’s), National League of Cities and The Conference Board.

For more information call Paula Wesley or Tammy Hopkins at the TC Arts Council 828-884-2787 or go to www.tcarts.org. To pick up a study packet stop by the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. To learn more about the ARTS of Brevard and Transylvania County go to www.artsofbrevard.org.

Click here to download the Arts & Economic Prosperity Report

Click here to download the Summary of Economic Impact Findings

Why Arts Programming is Essential for Young Students

·         Art helps students make new connections and think “outside the box.”

·         Expression in the arts helps students develop cognitive and physical skills.

·         Each art form brings special ways of perceiving the world, utilizing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

·         The arts help transform the school environment to one of discovery and learning.

·         Art criticism helps students develop observation and analytical skills that can be transferred to other areas of study.

·         The arts are essential to an understanding of personal, local, national and global cultures, past and present.

Artwork from the Transylvania County Student Art Show
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In Western NC, Creativity Means Business
Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, artists, creative workers, entrepreneurs and businesses producing innovative products make up the Creative Economy. The Creative Industry supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is a cornerstone of tourism. With a nationally competitive market for creative employment, new talent and skilled workers continue to be drawn to western N.C. The nonprofit arts and culture sector alone is a $140 million industry in western N. C.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Jobs
More than 14,000 people in western N.C. have jobs in creative occupations, and the number is increasing every year. Creative sector jobs in western N.C. increased 6 percent from 2010 to 2011. Cultural programs draw new talent and keep skilled workers. Counties with higher proportions of workers in arts-related occupations are more likely to retain current residents and attract new ones. And the presence of creative workers is strongly associated with rising household incomes.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Growing Economies
The rich cultural traditions in craft and music are sustainable place-based economic development opportunities that cannot be outsourced. These traditions attract thousands of visitors, investors and potential residents to the region who spend money each day for authentic experiences. Audience members from outside the region at nonprofit arts and culture programs spend an average of nearly $60 per person in the community beyond the cost of the event. All nonprofit cultural audiences spend $60.7 million a year. Nonprofit arts organizations contribute $79 million to the western N.C. economy each year. Together, nonprofit arts groups and their audiences return more than $6 million in annual revenue to local governments.

For more information on how the Creative Economy fuels North Carolina’s economy, visit the North Carolina Arts Council’s Creative Economy Portal at www.ncarts.org/creative_economy
2011 data compiled by The North Carolina Arts Council, part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

Transylvania Community Arts Council
349 South Caldwell Street
Brevard, North Carolina 28712
828-884-ARTS (2787) 

Gallery Hours – Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Directions to Transylvania Community Arts Center/Council.